Assistant Professor of Literature. Alex Benson received both his BA (in Rhetoric) and his PhD (in English) from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in American literatures, with a focus on the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, and on questions of language, race, media, disability, and environment. He has published articles and book reviews in the journals Criticism, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, American Literary History Online Review, and – in a recent article on the poet Claude McKay — Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. He often teaches special-topics courses on literature and ethnography, literature and the environment, Native American literature, and Herman Melville.
Prof. Benson’s recent cross-listed courses in Experimental Humanities include “Sound in American Literature” and “Introduction to American Studies.” He is a member of the EH Sound Cluster, a multidisciplinary group of Bard faculty with interests in a diverse set of issues (theoretical, social, aesthetic, pedagogical) that fall under the umbrella of “sound.”